What are essential Oils?
Essential oils are oils that are extracted from plants (usually by distillation) that have the characteristic fragrance of the plant. The oils are volatile, meaning that they evaporate on exposure to air and have a powerful aroma.
Essential oils have been used throughout history to help with ailments and promote relaxation – they have also been used in many religions and cultures around the world. Thought of as the life force of the plant, they are present in various parts, such as leaves, seeds, flowers and bark. Essential oil gives the plant its particular signature scent. Complex and often misunderstood, these safe, effective, and powerful essential plant oils, offer a wide range of therapeutic properties and benefits.
How are they harvested?
Essential oils are extracted from plants in a variety of ways, the traditional and most common method is steam distillation which takes place on site just after being harvested. Careful, low heat and slow distillation is preferred to keep the therapeutic constituents and delicate properties of the oils intact. This allows for purer oil and thus greater oil to use for its intended benefits.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of essential oils are immense and specific oils can be selected according to their unique therapeutic properties. Common benefits include:
- Stress reduction or promoting relaxation
- Headache relief
- Reduction in nasal and sinus congestion
- Promoting restful sleep
- Improving focus and concentration
Using lavender oil at bedtime will allow for a more peaceful and sound sleep. Eucalyptus oil, on the other hand, can help to fight cough and congestion by simply placing a few drops of the oil into your diffuser when someone in the family is suffering from a cold. Frankincense will help alleviate anxiety and headaches, and peppermint oil will ward off spiders and insects.
How to enjoy essential oils?
There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils. Here are a few suggestions to get you started, simply add a few drops to:
- An essential oil diffuser
- Body oil or lotion
- Bath water along with Epsom or Himalayan salts
Note: Only a few drops of these highly concentrated plant essences is needed to reap the benefits of the essential oil.
At Ezentials we have numerous essential oils and essential oil blends, each of therapeutic grade, along with many types of diffusers to match your own personal style and home décor. Try out these amazing essential oils and start reaping the benefits each can give to you and your family.